Former president Alberto Fujimori, scheduled for a tongue surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 20, could not undergo the operation due to abnormal blood coagulation tests.
The experts at the cancer institute where he is currently admitted explained that the former leader’s blood coagulation was insufficient for surgery, resulting in its postponement until next week.
Fujimori’s personal doctor, Congressman Alejandro Aguinaga, confirmed that the operation has been put off in order to avoid any problems.
The surgery scheduled for Mr. Fujimori, 71, was deemed necessary to remove some pre-cancerous lesions found under his tongue. In 2008, the former president was operated for this same health issue.
“There are some tests, overall for coagulation, that are not completely normal and we don’t want to take any risks. So we’ve deferred the operation for seven days and will take new tests next Tuesday,” Dr. Aguinaga told journalists outside the hospital.
The youngest of Fujimori’s four children, Kenji Fujimori, told the press that his father is currently calm. “As you know, my father is like an oak and he has already overcome this cancer problem twice. This problem won’t stop or break him,” he said.
Fujimori was condemned to 25 years in prison last April for murders and kidnappings that occurred during his first term in office. The sentence was upheld this month.
Last Monday, Jan. 18, the former president’s daughter, Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, denied that she would request a presidential pardon for her father. “He should go free because it’s just, not because of a political or humanitarian pardon,” she told local press.
In Peru, a “humanitarian pardon” can only be given in special cases in which the applicant suffers from a chronic or terminal illness.